India, May 27 -- Ahead of the most expansive in-person engagement yet by an Indian Cabinet member with top Biden administration officials, external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday reiterated deep Indian unease with stated US plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan for "political expediency".

The gains of the last 20 years in Afghanistan, during which an entire generation of Afghans grew up not knowing what the previous 20 years were like, is "something worth protecting, defending, nurturing" and they should not be "lightly sacrificed at the expediency of politics of the day", Jaishankar said in a virtual conversation with former US National Security Adviser HR McMaster, who was one of the Trump administration's most arden...